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Articles by Gary Fallesen

Mission Moments: Nepal

Building another house in His name Looking over the land where God will be praised. (Photos by Megh Gurung) Work has begun on the house of worship for the church at Dharmashala in the Mid-West district of Rolpa. Brother Megh, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker in Nepal, said the church will be built in a month and then worship will be held there. “All the leaders arrived at the spot (where the church will be constructed) and prayed and I talked with all of them,” said Megh, who visited Rolpa with his wife. Interlocking compressed earth blocks for the building ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Widows celebrate the New Year Damson Samson opened the widows’ celebration of the New Year by sharing the parable of the great banquet found in Matthew 22. “Even when wealthy people refused to come, the owner invited the poor and the crippled,” he explained. “God is willing and ready to invite all of us to His kingdom and it will be up to us to accept or refuse.” More than 400 widows, village chiefs and pastors from various churches attended this particular great banquet on Jan. 3. “It was a great time and many lives saw Jesus feeding them what they ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

Out with the old, in with the ‘new generation’ The “New Generation,” as Gilbert calls himself and his friends ministering in Haiti, were dubbed “the next generation” of Haitian missionaries by us in The Climbing Way (Vol. 36, Sept. 2016). Our friend Gilbert finished 2017 in thankfulness to God for all that He provided through Climbing For Christ to support not only him as he finished high school and prepared to enter college in the Dominican Republic, but for lives in Haiti again impacted by the possibility of education. The “New Generation&rdq... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalA Nepali brother looks into unreached areas on Mission: Nepal 2017. Nepal vaulted to 25th on the 2018 World Watch List after having been unmentioned a year ago. This is because of the passage of anti-conversion laws. Pray for the boldness of the world’s fastest-growing church to continue in spite of opposition. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for the complete World Watch List … and pray on! Read more »

2018 World Watch List

The normalcy of persecution A Nepali brother looks into unreached areas on Mission: Nepal 2017. Nepal vaulted to 25th on the 2018 World Watch List after having been unmentioned a year ago. This is because of the passage of anti-conversion laws. Pray for the boldness of the world’s fastest-growing church to continue in spite of opposition. The annual release of Open Doors’ World Watch List of persecuted nations was made on Jan. 10. The announcement of the 50 hardest places to be a Christian is usually associated with a collective groan or gasp, and a feeling of pity for ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

CHRISTmas gift brings joy to hungry widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Widows clapping and singing songs of praise to God for the gift of food this CHRISTmas. (Photos by Damson Samson) My pastor and friend, Larry Stojkovic, was preaching about CHRISTmas. He wondered what someone from the majority world would say if we brought them to our culture at the CHRISTmastime of year. He suggested that they might ask: “How did you get from Luke 2 to this?!” Good question. I have grown weary of the whole “reason-for-the-season” campaign. If ... Read more »

Dispatches: Kilimanjaro 2017

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2017 By Gary Fallesen, founding president Climbing For Christ Thursday, Dec. 7 Damson returned to his home in southern Malawi and Elaine and I finished up at the Finishing the Task Conference in southern California. Louie Giglio provided the send-off message, quoting Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” “This (conference) is happening so that can happen,” Giglio said at the start of a stirring 45-minute message. He concluded as he often... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Tanzania

Photo of the Week: TanzaniaThe view from the New Shira Camp at 12,600 feet on day 2 on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Mission: Kilimanjaro 2017 is underway. CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from Tanzania. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Heaven feeds hundreds of Malawi widows Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Photos by Damson Samson, C4C missionary to East Africa “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” - 1 John 5:14 (NIV) “If Heaven would provide,” Damson Samson pled, “please help us with $2,000 so that I can just buy and distribute” food to our widows. “I pray that our members around the world should continue praying for these widows. Their life, which is [full of] strife, [is ha]... Read more »

Mission: 2018

You can be the next link in the chain By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “God’s plan is for a chain of witnesses from the apostles until He comes again. I have the privilege of being part of that chain. We have the opportunity to make the next link in the chain.” — Dudley Woodberry, legendary missionary to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and many other Islamic countries What an incredible invitation. You and I have the opportunity to be witnesses to the glory of God. We are offered front-row seats to watch God at work. In Nepal. In Indonesia. In Peru... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro HIStory

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Mission: Nepal 2018

No branch can bear fruit by itself Megh Gurung, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Nepal, shared his “passion and vision” for work in a region that will be new to C4C. He planted a church in 2017 in Pokhara, a popular tourist destination in Nepal’s West Region. Climbing For Christ will trek far from the beaten path (remembering we GO where others cannot or will not), but there is a strategic purpose for GO-ing to much-visited Pokhara. “The house owner doesn’t want to rent to the Christians,” Megh said of the church plant there. “I want... Read more »

Mission: Indonesia 2018

Jesus weeps over hundreds of millions of lost Indonesians We wept — just like our Savior, Jesus Christ. In John, chapter 11, we read about the death of Jesus’s good friend, Lazarus. He has been buried in a tomb for four days when Jesus arrives. “Jesus wept,” it says in John 11:35. But then, in the midst of his sadness, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Sadness turns to gladness. It can be done. As we met with like-hearted brothers and sisters to discuss Muslim unreached people groups, we were told about the 170 MUPGs (at the time) with populations of more than 100,... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2018

Dreaming and envisioning Christianity in Turkey Ali was born in Turkey to a Muslim family. He met a woman who took him to church and invited him to come to a conference. The conference speaker came up to Ali and asked to pray for him. The speaker laid his hand on Ali, and Ali suddenly felt an indescribable peace and joy. When he came back the next day, a group of people laid their hands on him, and this time Ali felt his legs give out from under him. As he fell, he felt himself in front of a powerful, majestic being. His body started shaking, and he heard a voice telling him: “I am the ... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2018

Sermon on the Mount (Mulanje) We climbed from the Fort Lister trailhead to Sombani Hut with 28 guides and porters from Climbing For Christ’s Mulanje Massif Chapter. It was a day-hike that was blessed beyond measure. First, we were on the Mulanje Massif, also known as Mount Mulanje, a hiking paradise in southern Malawi that contains 20 peaks above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet), including the country’s highpoint at 3,002 meters (9,849 feet). Second, we were climbing with our brothers to teach on the mountain. At the suggestion of national missionary Damson Samson, we took them through ... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018

Mountaintop experiences in Tanzania Damson Samson has been to the mountaintop. He stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on Aug. 28, 2016. He was a rare African standing in rarefied air on the rooftop of Africa. Damson descended off the mountain, but he has been back there many times as Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa and he really hasn’t come down from that mountaintop. He has joyfully overseen the growth of C4C’s Kilimanjaro Chapter, an association of guides and porters that was organized in 2008 but didn’t really begin producing fruit until after ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Shining God’s love on Malawi widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president Climbing For Christ Anne Pesulo. (Photos by Damson Samson) A Climbing For Christ member, “moved greatly by your story of another donor giving the gift of such a home,” sent US $800 to build a new place for Malawi widow Anne Pesulo to live. Damson Samson, C4C’s Malawi-based missionary, identified Anne as the next to receive a house. “She has nowhere to stay,” Damson said this week. “We have more widows who have nowhere to stay and they are struggling with life.&rdq... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2017 (Part 2) Trip Report

Looking back at the mountains in the Humla district from the Chankheli Pass. Visiting and encouraging the growing church Story and photos by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our Mission: Nepal team gathered for the daily devotional. The study, called “The Greatest” and based on John 3:16, was written by spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jordan prayed and read from Day 8 of the study, “The Greatest ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Impact, not size, is the measure of Great Commission success By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Kilimanjaro Chapter meeting. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson was teaching about the Great Commission at our Kilimanjaro Chapter gathering in September. He wanted to remind our brothers “why we spend time and a lot of money training them.” Before the lesson, he asked the group to pray for 30 minutes for Climbing For Christ and all who put their support in this Great Commission ministry. “In the course of the prayer I saw variations of two... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalLooking back at the mountains in the Humla district from the Chankheli Pass during Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2. Our team trekked about 65 miles (more than 100 kilometers) with 35,000 feet of elevation change over nine days. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read the Trip Report, “Visiting and encouraging the growing church.” Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2017

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Baptizing new believers By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Brother Megh and Pastor Dulsar baptizing new believers in a mountain stream in 2012 before Climbing For Christ helped build the church at Korchabang. (Photo by Dave Stoessel) Pastor Dulsar once led Maoists in a bloody civil war that killed more than 19,000 people in Nepal from 1996-2006. Now he leads the church in a place that has been a stronghold to both communism and his country’s Hindu tradition. The Holy Spirit led him from a life as a rebel to walking with Jesus. Dulsar walks the ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Dream on: new mattresses, bedding for kids By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Clement with the makings of a new bed. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) “I will sleep like a baby tonight,” Clement said as he hauled off his new mattress. The Project 1:27-sponsored children in Malawi received new mattresses and bedding recently. We were saddened to learn during our Mission: Malawi 2017 visit to the children’s home in June that thieves had stolen several mattresses and kids were sleeping on the wooden planks in their beds. We asked to see improvements made in... Read more »

Western New York fall update

Autumn is in the air By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Labor Day is over. Back to work, back to school. It’s football season! Pumpkin spice is on every menu and in seemingly every food. Leaves are red and underfoot as I trail run. All of this means it’s time for us to turn to our autumn calendar. Here’s a glance at important upcoming dates with some additional details below. Plenty of PRAY, GIVE, GO opportunities. Hope you will be joining us this fall. Wednesday, Sept. 13-Friday, Sept. 29 – Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2. Please pray for Jordan... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Delivering life to the Ngoni people By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson prays for some of the 29 Ngoni widows who surrendered their lives to Jesus during worship on Sunday, Sept. 3. (Photos by Philip Mkweza) The head of one of the village groups rejoiced at the arrival of Climbing For Christ among the Ngoni  people living in Central Malawi. “These people (from C4C) have not brought you money or clothes,” she told those gathered to meet staff member Damson Samson on Friday, Sept. 1. “Rather they have brought you life in Christ, w... Read more »
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